Cuneiform (adjective)

  1. Of or relating to a system of writing that uses wedge-shaped marks made on clay tablets with a stylus.
  2. Having a shape that is triangular in cross section and tapering to a pointed end.


From latin cuneus, meaning "wedge" and forma, meaning "shape".


  1. Cuneiform script was used by the ancient Sumerians.
  2. The archaeologist deciphered the cuneiform inscriptions on the clay tablet.
  3. Cuneiform writing was used in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Indus valley.
  4. The cuneiform bone in the human wrist connects the hand to the forearm.
  5. The cuneiform shape of the wedge allowed it to be pressed deeply into the clay tablet.
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